Winner of a national design competition, this 98,000 sf building was recently completed by WEISS/MANFREDI Architects. This new student center for the Barnard College campus brings together spaces for art, architecture, theater and art history as well as faculty offices, a dining room and a cafe.
Uniting landscape and architecture, the Diana Center extends Lehman Lawn with descending planted terraces to engage the buildings at the north end of the campus that were previously isolated by a 14’ high retaining wall. The green roof provides a 28,000 sf ecological learning center and new social space.
Two-story atria ascend diagonally through the building allowing for continuous sightlines through the gallery, reading room, dining room and cafe while the lower levels contain a 500-seat event space and a black box theater.
The contemporary luminous and energy-efficient wall is composed of translucent fritted glass and an
integral color panel system.
(2010) Weiss Manfredi
Photo: Albert Vecerka/Esto